Some more big news on the Cassel front. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports:
Matt Cassel has accepted the New England Patriots’ non-exclusive franchise tender, guaranteeing the quarterback will receive at least $14.65 million next season, league sources told ESPN.
The next step is for the Patriots to send Cassel a contract. The Patriots could still trade Cassel.
Obviously, this means that Cassel can no longer negotiate contracts with other teams. This is a good sign of loyalty, and it throws out the notion of the Pats getting two #1’s for Matt’s services.
This also means he is officially under contract. This means he is on the roster and must attend mini-camps, workouts, etc. In a lot of ways, I was surprised Cassel signed the contract so quickly, but at least he knows he’s about $15 million richer.